April 3rd update – antisemitism in history

Problems 29: Jews as ‘Collateral Damage’ in the Fall of the British Empire. Part One: Britain’s Exterminating Sea Empire

No proper understanding of either Zionism or anti-Semitism is possible if you think of these as unique beliefs arising for baffling reasons.  It is wrong to suppose that either are due to some Jewish uniqueness.  To me, it has always seemed obvious that these were typical instances of global human behaviour.  Desires that often run into foolishness, wickedness and ‘ethnic cleansing’.

Racism isn’t necessarily anti-Jewish, and nor is Fascism.  The roots lie in the wrong turning that the expanding British Empire took in the early 19th century.  For while Racism is an older sentiment that Universalism, the remarkable growth of White Racism in the 19th century was led and encouraged by the British Empire.

In the 1920s and 1930s, all Jews including Zionists were caught up in a disaster caused by the decline of the British Empire.  Caused also by the USA’s irresponsible detachment and Hitler’s foolish haste in undermining British hegemony in Europe.

Also available as a PDF, Problems 29 – Genocide in the British Empire


Nerve Gas attack on Sergei Skripal

Did Russia do the Nerve Gas Assassination?

  • A botched attack on an unimportant paid traitor of Russian origin is called a planned aggression by Putin.
  • Russia’s demand that Britain follow the standard and agreed rules for accusations about illegal use of nerve gas is treated as proof of guilt.
  • A demand for hard evidence and a reminder of the massive lying over the Iraq war is treated as weakness or treason by most of the British press.
  • It’s not that hard to make nerve gas.  A small Japanese sect attacked other Japanese in 1995, killing several.

Labour Affairs – February 2018 updates

Latest update.  February Editorial: What A Carry On, Carillion.  Plus November’s News from France (Froggy;),  Notes on the News, and Parliamentary Notes.

Plus everything for February 2016: Editorial: May’s Fantasy Brexit; Parliament and WW1 – Russia’s February Revolution; FroggyCharities and Organiser Salaries; Citrine and Bevin Part 1; Notes on the News; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier (8); Parliamentary Notes: NHS; Listening to Italy; Poems: Immunisation, When We Think Of Victory.  Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs – 274 February 2017

Update to Problems Magazine

Problems 32: The October Revolution, 100 Years On

  • A World Without Bolsheviks? by Gwydion M Williams
    • What would our world be like if the Bolsheviks had not taken power?
  • The Russian Revolution, by Brendan Clifford
    • The Tsarist state had broken down.  A landlord restoration was being prepared regardless of what Lenin had done.
  • The Bolsheviks and Orthodox Christianity by Peter Brooke
    • How the Bolsheviks tried variously to suppress, discourage or incorporate Russia’s traditional religion

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Image result for "muons"Problems 28: Asocialism: Part One; The Muon and the Green Great Dragon.

  • Why Muons were real, even when no one had believed they should exist. Or could explain why they did exist.
  • Why atoms are not really ‘a hole in a hole’.
  • Why any native English speaker would know that a ‘green great dragon’ was bad English, but would be unlikely to know why.
  • How the question ‘why’ is very different for human matters and for the physical universe.
  • How religions came in waves of ideas, and gave us ways to organise our thinking that had not existed before.
  • How religions show their human origin, by always supposing that it was a universe made as a dwelling for humans and similar creatures

Also available as a PDF, Problems 28 – The Muon and the Green Great Dragon

December 2017 update

Latest update.  December Editorial, plus October’s Newsnotes, Parliamentary Notes and News from France for October.

Plus everything for December 2016: Editorial: Corbyn: Could Do Better; Making worker representation on company boards a reality; Parliament And World War One – Abdication of the Czar of Russia; UK manufacturing declining; Richmond Park by-election;  Notes on the News; Froggy; Antisemitism in the UK; Free Speech On Israel; Debased Globalisation; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier (No 7); Parliamentary Notes: the National Health Service; Listening to Italy; Don’t Cryogenic Me (poem).  Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 273 – December 2016

Four 1970s and 1980s studies of where the Soviet Union went wrong

Brendan Clifford explaining why ‘De-Stalinisation’ was a wrong turn, well before the Soviet decline and fall.

Medvedev on Stalin.  A study from 1980, when the Soviet system was still strong.  It shows that the attempt by Soviet political writer Roy Medvedev to Khrushchev’s attempt to define a ‘Stalinism’ distinct from Leninism was nonsense.  All the Old Bolsheviks had similar ideas.  All of them had a similar willingness to crush and denounce opponents.  Stalin alone was a competent politician when Lenin was no longer there to give guidance.

Soviet Socialism and Law.    A survey of Soviet legal theory.  This shows that an authoritarian attitude was general among Bolsheviks, and indeed was found in many other thinkers.  That Stalin’s own views were relatively moderate.

Market Socialism in the Soviet Union.  A study from the late 1960s, that strongly criticised the economic reforms that were introduced under Khrushchev.  And looks at economic theories of the superiority of market mechanism, which had a lot in common with the New Right ideas applied in the West in the 1980s.

Marxism and Market Socialism.  A second study from the late 1960s, which suggests that economic theorists in the Soviet Union had got into a complete muddle about what was or was not a commodity.  And a history of the idea of Market Socialism.

November 2017 – double update

Catching up.  Latest editorials, plus Newsnotes, Parliamentary Notes and News from France for July / August and September.

Also back issues 12 months old are on-line:

November 2016: Editorial, Labour: the Unions and Workers on the Board; Parliament and WW1: Industrial Conscription; Immigration, the labour market and family policy; The Battle Of Cable St, 80th Anniversary Commemoration; Notes on the News; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier (No 6); Biting the state that feeds it: the Apple corporation; Parliament Notes; Listening to Italy; White Cotton (poem).  Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 272 – November 2016

October 2016: Editorial, Corbyn’s re-election: There will be trouble ahead; Parliament & WW1, War Policy & Peace; Froggy; Notes on the News; Tories & Grammar Schools; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier (No.5); Blair Inc – The Power, The Money, The Scandals; Parliament Notes; Listening to Italy; Dark Deeds By The River Of January (poem).  Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 271 – October 2016